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Degree of cooperation
University of Mary Washington and Germanna make a deal to enhance local higher education opportunities

Date published: 7/29/2012

LONG LIVE cooperation. It is a prerequisite for progress--evi- dence that people can actually work together for the common good. A lack of cooperation, as we know well thanks to the ongoing partisan shenanigans in Congress, produces a list of accomplishments with nothing on it.

Thankfully that's not the case in Fredericksburg-area higher education circles. Just last week, University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley and Germanna Community College President David Sam signed off on an agreement that will enhance the educational opportunities for local students.

Not only will eligible Germanna students be able to take advantage of course offerings at UMW, they'll be permitted to transfer to the university more easily if they're looking to pursue a four-year degree.

Transferring to one of Virginia's four-year institutions from one of its community colleges has been a well-traveled path of achievement. With an associate degree and a 3.25 GPA in hand, students can switch while avoiding the normal application process.

The agreement between UMW and Germanna, however, extends the opportunity for students with the two-year degree and a 2.75 GPA to enter the university's nontraditional Bachelor of Liberal Studies program. The degree is offered primarily for students who completed high school more than six years ago, who are active-duty military members or veterans, or who are married or financially self-supporting or who have dependents.

The goal is to make higher education more accessible, and help put those students on track for success as their lives unfold. It's just amazing what a little cooperation can do.